Welcome to PW's 50-Beer Countdown to Philly Beer Week! Every day from now through the Opening Tap ceremonies on May 31, we'll be getting in the mood by spotlighting a different great craft brew that's been poured by one or more Philly Beer Week participating venues.
In 2010, Easton, Pa.’s Weyerbacher took home a Bronze Medal in the World Beer Cup for brewing for Merry Monks, a Belgian-style tripel that just might be Weyerbacher’s best beer. That’s saying something, too, because most of their lineup is outstanding. This deceptive brew has a distinct spicy character thanks to the yeast used, and the aroma gives off hints of bananas and faint pepper and cloves. It pours like liquid bread and tastes like it, too: very earthy with a bit of spice, a touch dry and not at all sweet. The monks are probably merry because this beer’s 9.3 percent ABV packs a punch yet it drinks like a brew of half the strength. Proceed with caution! But definitely proceed. There are few tripels better than this one on the market. It even gives mainstays like the legendary Westmalle a run for its money. Merry Monks is sometimes available at The Institute Bar and Barcade.